Outside the apartment of the Chinese Table Tennis Team in Beijing, it was completely filled with family, friends, supporters and fans yesterday morning. They wanted to show their support for their team before leaving for the London Olympic Games.
For the head coach Liu Guoliang, the guests that he was waiting for were his family: his wife, and of course his twin daughters. Liu Guoliang's kids are still very young but they already have the idea of their dear father leaving them for a few weeks. His daughters were actually clinging unto their father the whole time. When Liu Guoliang boarded the car and kissed his daughters goodbye, the children couldn't help but started to cry.
The London Olympics is actually Liu Guoliang's third time to lead the Chinese Team into the Olympic Games. Despite being a veteran in the Olympics, Liu Guoliang still felt a different feeling this time. "Honestly speaking, I did not have the feeling of expedition in the Beijing Olympics. Today, I saw many friends, including fans that were really supporting us and giving us courage. I feel very excited and it makes me appreciate fully the atmosphere of the Olympics. We have prepared for four years and now the wait is over as the moment has come." Ma Lin said.
The Chinese Team successfully dominated Olympic table tennis in the Beijing Olympics as they have swept all four gold medals across all divisions. In the World Championships during the last two years, the Chinese Team has been almost invincible. Naturally, the Chinese Team is considered to be the strongest in London.
However, the head coach was slightly conservative in talking about the issue of a sweep in London. "There is definitely some worries. It is impossible to have absolutely no worries before the game. Although we have already done a full range of preparation, the key still depends on how the players can improvise and have the normal or even the optimum level of performance." Liu Guoliang added.
There is roughly ten days before the Olympics. For the next actions of the Chinese Team, here's what Liu Guoliang has to say: "We will progress gradually. We will first have our adaptive training in Leeds for a few days. We will strengthen much further the mental condition of our players. I hope that little by little, they will be able to find the right momentum for the game," Liu Guoliang concluded.
Liu Guoliang in the Chinese Olympic Team's Send-off
Photo source: 2012.qq.com